The stormy life of Brian
3rd October, 2017
September saw the commencement of the storm season in the UK with the arrival of Aileen which blew through the country on 12-13 of the month. It was a pretty severe one. It brought strong winds and heavy rain causing disruption to roads and railways.
Many areas saw winds between 55–65 mph with the strongest gusts recorded on the Isle of Wight (83 mph) and Mumbles, Wales (74 mph). Across the north of England, over 7,000 homes were left without power.
Brian is the next storm to hit the UK
And next up is Storm Brian. As yet there is no sign of when Brian will appear or how strong he will be.
It’s actually quite reassuring to know that last year we only had FIVE official storms in the UK. The season was late in starting with Angus the first to appear in November, followed in December by Barbara and Conor. The in February we welcomed Doris and Ewan. It meant that Fleur, Gabriel and Ivor never got to make their bows.
More storms and bad weather expected this winter
So, it will be interesting with the storm season starting two months earlier just how many we will have. It would seem likely that we have a better chance of seeing Storms Fionn, Georgina and Hector but doubtful whether we’ll get round to Winifred.
Staying safe on the road during a storm
Storms that bring high winds, rain, sleet and snow can make for hazardous driving so here are a few of the most important tips from the Met Office what to do if you are out on the road when one of these storms hits:
• Drive on main roads, where you are less likely to be exposed to fallen branches, debris and flooding.
• Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles – grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands.
• Keep an eye out for gaps between trees, buildings or bridges over a river or railway – these are some of the places you are more likely to be exposed to side winds.
• Roads will be more slippery than usual in wet weather – be sure to give yourself more time to react when approaching a hazard. Give yourself at least a four second gap between you and the vehicle ahead.
• Keep your eyes on the road at all times as spray from other vehicles can suddenly reduce your visibility and try to anticipate other drivers’ actions.
Don’t let stormy weather disrupt your premises
Knowing when severe weather, with ice and snow, is going to affect your premises is vital so you’ll need accurate winter weather forecasting. We have our own trained meteorologist to help us to alert you weather like this is on its way. It enables us to plan for optimum gritting and snow clearance that will leave your premises clear and safe for pedestrians and vehicles. So, don’t delay, plan now for the winter weather and get your winter gritting and snow clearance sorted by calling us on 01728 633900 for a quote that will be tailored to the requirements of your premises.